I'm incredibly excited to share that in February 2022, I joined AssemblyAI full-time as a Developer Advocate!
AssemblyAI is a Deep Learning startup focused on a state-of-the-art Speech-To-Text API and additional Audio Intelligence features. One critical point for us is to make this technology accessible to everyday developers through a simple API and a great developer experience.
Last October, I created a video where I played around with the API for an automation project, and the transcription accuracy really surprised me.
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So in the last couple of months, I got more involved with this technology, met with their team, and even created a few videos for their YouTube channel on the side. In the end, I was offered an exciting position that I couldn't turn down.
Developer Advocate role#
What does a Developer Advocate do? How this role is interpreted can actually vary a lot between companies. My Twitter friend Gus summarized the different possible responsibilities pretty nicely:
- 🚀 Raise awareness for the brand/product
- 🖊️ Produce content/documentation
- 🤝 Engage w/ the Community
- 📢 Organize/Present at events
- ⌨️ Create Samples/Demos
- 🤓 Answer questions on SO/Forums
- 🤕 Be user Zero
- 👂🏾 Gather feedback
- 🗣️ Suggest improvements
In my case, I will be focusing on creating video content and blog posts, educating people about our product and also about general Machine Learning / Deep Learning topics, and growing a community of interested people in this field.
Since creating videos for the AssemblyAI YouTube channel the subscribers have been grown from almost 0 to 1500! We create beginner friendly weekly videos for you around ML / DL related topics. So if you want to learn about this, I would be very happy if you checked it out and subscribed!
If you wonder how this affects my channel, you don't have to worry! I don't have any restrictions, and I will still create regular content for myself!
The first 2 weeks#
The first two weeks have been amazing! I love the product, and the whole team is really nice and helpful. And I am given a lot of freedom in my content creation process, which allows me to create the best possible educational material.
I can already tell that being part of a US-based startup feels very different from every role I had in Germany. There are no slow company processes, all teams are moving super fast, and you can feel the high energy everywhere!
If this sounds interesting, check out our 100% fully remote roles. This year is going to be very exciting, and we are currently hiring like crazy!
Hope you enjoyed the read!